In Rochester, we unfortunately have a firsthand look at the hopelessness that can affect urban America. Our local conversation mirrors the national conversation, with an immense amount of coverage focused on education, employment, transportation, and crime. Relatively speaking, criminal justice reform receives far less attention. Yet the reality that drug use in Pittsford is not treated nearly the same as drug use in the city of Rochester cannot be denied. And the subsequent consequences to our community as a whole are equally undeniable.
Given the above reality, the following questions seem reasonable:
- Does our media really need to provide intense coverage of every crime committed in the city of Rochester, often supporting preconceived notions and thus affecting how we direct our community's resources?
- Can our media at a minimum spend an equal amount of time on criminal justice reform as it spends on crime itself?
- Does a city like Rochester really want to elect yet another police chief as mayor? (The answer might be yes, but the question warrants consideration.)